The conservation efforts began in 1993, with the villagers giving their forest to their goddess, Kokiladevi, as they were unable to manage the forests themselves. This came with strict rules and fines regarding the villager’s actions towards the forests and this was done for a period of 5 years. In 1998, the forest was taken back from the goddess and it was well-regenerated with a dense canopy. This resulted in a positive change for agriculture and biomass collection in the village. This forest has been beneficial for the villagers and it was immediately considered for the Joint Forest Management (JFM) scheme in Uttarakhand. As the JFM scheme had immense funding, it was enticing for the villagers. This may have negative impacts on the voluntary spirit and innovative methods of the villagers regarding conservation of their forest.